Alsatian Pork and Sauerkraut
You will need:
- 4 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 (16 ounce) can sauerkraut, drained
- 1.5 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 4 cups chicken broth, plus more if needed
- 3 potatoes, quartered
- 1 large Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced
- 12 juniper berries
- 6 whole black peppercorns
- 2 whole cloves
- 1 sprig fresh parsley
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 boneless pork chops, 1/2 inch thick
- 1 pound kielbasa sausage, cut into 3 inch pieces
Let's do this!
- Place the bacon in a large, deep pot, and cook over medium-high heat, stirring to turn pieces occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes.
- Drain the bacon pieces on a paper towel-lined plate. With a paper towel, wipe the bacon grease out of the pot but keep as much of the brown bits as possible.
- Stir in the onion, sauerkraut, brown sugar, and chicken broth, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
- Add the potatoes and apple slices.
- Place the juniper berries, peppercorns, cloves, parsley, and bay leaf into a small cheesecloth square, and tie the ends together to make a spice bag (or place the spices into a stainless steel tea ball).
- Place the spice bag into the pot, and add the pork chops and kielbasa sausage pieces.
- Add more chicken broth, if needed, to just cover the ingredients.
- Bring the pot to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until the potatoes are very tender, about 1 hour.
- To serve, use a slotted spoon to remove the sauerkraut, potatoes, and apple slices to the center of a serving platter.
- Arrange bacon, pork chops, and kielbasa pieces around the outside of the platter.
I hope you all enjoy this quiet afternoon. Have a blast trying something new. Remember, it's only wrong if it taste wrong. Haha. I'll catch you all on the flip side. Happy blogging to all! <3